reglisse in white

now i realize it’s after Labor Day and wearing white is no longer “allowed,” but today i’m reposting my guest post for the Bolt blog from August, in case you missed it.  i was about 12 weeks pregnant here, and fretted the whole time I sewed that this dress wouldn’t fit or flatter when i was done!  somehow, though, the waistline hit just high enough to hide my already-poppin’ belly (with the help of a little sucking in and some spanx).   

aaaaanyway…here’s the post.  

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Hi, I’m Kristin from skirt as top and i’m happy to be sharing a project here today on the Bolt blog!  It was a really neat experience for me bringing this dress to life with the help of the fine ladies at Bolt, and creating a sample for the store I love so much.

reglisse in white

The pattern is the Réglisse Dress by Deer and Doe.  Deer and Doe is a French company that I’ve started seeing pop up more and more in blogland lately, and I love their classic, pretty style.  The instructions come in both French and English, so no guesswork is involved.  Bolt carries a great selection of their patterns and after sewing one, I’m looking forward to trying more in the future!

reglisse in white

The Réglisse is an unlined dress with a sweet bow collar, cap sleeves, and a circle skirt.  There’s an elasticized waistband which is cleverly inserted, and, aside from turning the thin bow tubes which was a bit of a pain, the construction was really nice.  The pattern is rated Intermediate, which I agree with.  It’s not a first project type pattern, but it’s not difficult either.

reglisse in white

I made a size 42 based on my measurements.  I think the bodice might be a tad big on me and would probably size down next time, but it’s the type of dress that is meant to have a bit of ease, so it works.

reglisse in white

The fabric is Robert Kaufman Seersucker, which Bolt carries in the shop in a few colors (I chose white on white).  I love how fresh and clean and summery it is.  The fabric is 57″ wide, which is a requirement of the skirt (it’s two half circles pieced at the sides) unless you want seams down the front and back.  Typical 45″ wide quilting cotton is a bit too narrow – we checked!

reglisse in white

The front and back bodices are cut on the bias, and I love the subtle chevron effect from the pieced seersucker.

reglisse in white

I’m looking forward to making this dress again in a printed voile, maybe switching up the sleeves or collar for a different look…lots of options!  Check out the Réglisse Sew Along on the Deer and Doe blog for construction tips and more inspiration, stop by Bolt to check this dress out in person, and maybe grab some seersucker while you’re at it too!

reglisse in white for bolt

i’m so lucky to have multiple awesome fabric stores within about a 30 minute drive of my house, but it’s no secret that “my store,” my favorite spot, the place i love to buy fabric, is Bolt Fabric Boutique.  Bolt is a relatively small shop, but it is well-curated, which means all those designer fabrics you see online and lust after are likely to turn up at Bolt (i saw my first live-and-in-person Heather Ross fabric there!).  they’ve also have non-quilting fabrics – knits, canvas, flannel, shot cotton, felt, etc., plus a selection of independent patterns, books, notions, you name it.

reglisse in white

i’ve been shopping at Bolt since 2009, love to take out of town sewing friends there to visit, and i’m so excited that they asked me to guest post for their blog today!

reglisse in white

i made the Deer & Doe Réglisse Dress in a summery Robert Kaufman seersucker, all found at Bolt (the fabric was provided, I purchased the pattern).  what a sweet dress to sew and wear!  for more info, come check out my post about this dress, and visit Bolt soon to see this dress in person!  it’ll be on sample display in the shop (eeek!).

if you’re a local, you’re gonna wanna follow the Bolt blog for updates on what’s new in the shop, sales, and all that good stuff.  i’ve definitely made a trip over after seeing they have something in stock that i was waiting for…so…beware of the temptation.  OH and if you’re not in the Portland area, Bolt takes phone orders for fabric and will ship!

>>> come see my Réglisse!  <<<

bolt fabric boutique

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